Sport Christmas and football go hand in hand. But for once I can take a back seat this year

After an early lesson, I’ve monitored my food and drink every Christmas for 48 years - until now

Emerson primed for ejector seat

Simon Turnbull meets Middlesbrough's 'other' Brazilian, whose efforts have fallen some way short of his reputation

Football: The season belonged to them

Glenn Moore hails the men who made the 1996-97 campaign a football year to remember

Football: Gascoigne in fitness race

Paul Gascoigne will embark on a tour of Britain in the next 10 days to try to prove his fitness for England's summer events.

Football: Pearce to quit as manager

Stuart Pearce is set to resign as manager of relegated Nottingham Forest today after just five months in charge and hand over to Dave Bassett.

Football: Lionesses bring pride to Millwall

Millwall Lionesses 1 Wembley 0

Football: Angell takes County up

A fifth-minute goal from Brett Angell ensured Stockport won promotion from the Second Division with a battling 1-0 victory at Chesterfield last night.

Football: Bury's rocket men

Watford 0 Bury 0 Attendance: 9,017

Election '97: The silent revolutionaries

Tea-drinking prophet keeps his profile low and expectations high

Sinton sends Middlesbrough deeper into mire

Football: Tottenham Hotspur 1 Middlesbrough 0

Wasteful United stricken by Ricken

Fopotball: Manchester United 0 Borussia Dortmund 1 Dortmund win 2-0 on aggregate EUROPEAN CUP: A dream dies as fallible finishing fails to exploit host of chances in semi-final second leg

Survival is the priority for Juninho

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Foreign legion go back to Wembley

Football: Chesterfield 0 Middlesbrough 3

History beckons for Chesterfield

the Cup runs of six semi-finalists from the League's third tier

Middlesbrough need to break bad habit

You could almost feel sorry for Middlesbrough that no one feels sorry for them. A Premiership club who buy big (pounds 26m) cannot expect much sympathy, but nothing is going right for them. Even the identity of their opponents is conspiring against them.

Football: Referees have a right to replay

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